Finding Aid to the Letter from James Chalmers to His Mother

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JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY
2311 MEMORIAL AVENUE
LYNCHBURG, VA 24501
(434) 846-0501
LETTER FROM JAMES CHALMERS TO HIS MOTHER, MRS. S.E.
CHALMERS
The letter was written by Chalmers at Fauquier Springs [VA], 6 August, N.y., to his
mother, Mrs. S[arah]. E. [Coleman] Chalmers of Halifax Court House, VA. He is hoping
his visit to the springs will improve his health and sends news about relatives.
There is included on the last page a note from Fanny Chalmers concerning relatives.
The letter predates 26 January 1852, when Mrs. Sara E. Chalmers died in Halifax
County, Virginia, at age 42.
JAMES CHALMERS
James Chalmers, the son of David and Sarah E. Coleman Chalmers of Halifax County,
Virginia, was born in 1829. He attended Chapel Hill & the University of Virginia. He
married Fannie M. Saunders on 8 December 1852, in Lynchburg. During the Civil War
Chalmers, a Lynchburg attorney and tobacconist, served as a sergeant in the Wise Troop,
2nd Virginia Cavalry.
On 1 October 1861, James Chalmers was wounded and died at Fairfax Court House,
Virginia.
SOURCES: Chiarito, Marian & James H. Prendergast. Marriages of Halifax County, Virginia, 1801-1831
(Nathalie, VA: The Clarkton Press, 1985), p. 23; Lynchburg Daily Virginian (Lynchburg, VA) 12 February
1852, p. 3, c. 5; 28 December 1852, p. 2, c. 4; Morris, George & Susan Foutz. Lynchburg In The Civil
War. Lynchburg, VA: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1984; Nash, Joseph Van Holt. Students of the University of
Virginia: A Semi-Centennial Catalogue with Brief Biographical Sketches. Baltimore: Charles Harvey &
Co., 1878.

MS2052

Dublin Core

Title

Finding Aid to the Letter from James Chalmers to His Mother

Subject

Finding aids
Letters

Description

Finding aid to the Letter from James Chalmers to His Mother, Mrs. S.E. Chalmers held at Jones Memorial Library in Lynchburg, Virginia. The letter was likely written before Mrs. Sara E. Chalmers died in January 1852.

Creator

George M. Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Va.)

Publisher

George M. Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Va.)

Date

2024

Rights

George M. Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Va.)

Format

pdf

Language

English

Identifier

JMLMS2052FA

Citation

George M. Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Va.), “Finding Aid to the Letter from James Chalmers to His Mother,” Digital Collections, accessed June 22, 2024, https://digitaljones.omeka.net/items/show/774.